Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionSweet & Lo™ Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookeriana) brings evergreen foliage to the shade year-round. Red-tipped white flowers dance along deep purple stems in late winter/early spring, radiating a jasmine-like fragrance that attracts pollinators. Glossy, dark green foliage keeps this shrub looking sweet even into the colder months of winter. With a light suckering habit, Sweet & Lo™ is the highly versatile shrubby ground cover that will liven up your garden's dimmest spaces.DetailsBotanical name:Sarcococca hookeriana Common name: Sweet Box Zone: 5 -9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Part-Sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width:18" - 2.5" x 3’ Flower color: Red/White Foliage color: Green Season of interest: Late winter - early spring Bloom time: Late winter - early spring Features: Attracts pollinators, deer resistant, compact, evergreen, foliage interest, Fragrant Uses: Border, container, ground cover, specimen How To GrowSoil: moist, well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand or loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Light: These shrubs are best positioned in full shade or part shade, although full sun will be tolerated if placed in exceedingly damp soil Fertilizing: The fertilization of sarcococcamust be done twice a year, in autumn and spring. It is good to use slow release organic fertilizer or mature manure. Winterizing: No extra care needed. Maintenance & pruning: Prune only the tall forms and prune shortly after they've finished blooming (March-April). This forces new growth and stems that will then flower the following winter. Pruning during the summer and fall will remove the new growth; therefore, the flower buds are sacrificed.